Noah news round-up: Lebanon says yes, Indonesia says no, a curious connection to XXXChurch.com, and more

First things first: the soundtrack is out today. Buy it via iTunes or Amazon.

Now: Is Noah going to open in Egypt tomorrow? That still seems to be the plan, according to the studio’s website, but a few other predominantly Muslim countries have already banned the film, and the top Muslim authority in Egypt recommended banning it there, too, a few weeks ago, so if a decision hasn’t been made yet, it should be soon.

In any case, Indonesia — the most populous Muslim country of them all — has now joined the club and banned the film itself, partly because the visual depiction of a prophet is forbidden in some versions of Islam but also because the film doesn’t follow the version of Noah’s story that appears in the Koran.

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Is “God” missing from Darren Aronofsky’s Noah? Please.

Reviews of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah have been trickling out for a few days now — you can read my own first impressions here — and one of the more puzzling remarks I’ve come across so far is a bit from Todd McCarthy’s review in The Hollywood Reporter.

Specifically, McCarthy, who likes the film, asserts in passing that Noah “will rile some for the complete omission of the name ‘God’ from the dialogue”.

When I first read that, I wondered who McCarthy could possibly be referring to. Who, exactly, would be so easy to offend, so eager to nitpick the smallest detail, so ready to assume the worst about this movie that they would live up to the stereotype invoked by McCarthy and actually make an issue of this?

Enter Breitbart News.

To be fair, Big Hollywood — the Breitbart website that has been hostile towards Noah ever since it published a critique of an early draft of the script in October 2012 — devotes only a few sentences to this bit from McCarthy’s review. But devote them, it does, quoting that one line and commenting that the absence of this word “might make the movie a harder sell to its intended audience–faith-friendly viewers.”

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Two new Noah videos: a featurette, and more B-roll footage

Another day, another couple of Noah videos. First, we have a new featurette that focuses on the film’s antagonist, Tubal-Cain. And then we have some new behind-the-scenes footage. Also, you can now read the first chapter of Mark Morris’s novelization of the film here.

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More shots of Noah’s children in a TV spot from Peru

Don’t know how I missed this before, but the other day Russell Crowe tweeted a link to a TV spot for Noah posted by a movie website in Peru, and it happens to feature a few new shots, most of which depict Noah’s sons Shem and Ham, as well as his adopted daughter-in-law Ila. As ever, check them out below the jump.

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New Noah trailer looks at Noah’s sons and daughter-in-law

Another day, another Noah trailer. This one focuses on Noah’s relationships with his son Ham and his adopted daughter-in-law Ila, and it also focuses on Ila’s relationship with Shem. As always, you can check out the trailer and the new images below the jump.

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Noah: our first clip from the film, and a new TV spot!

We’ve seen trailers and TV spots and at least one featurette for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah — so now it’s time to see an actual clip from the film, right? Well, at last we have one, along with a brand new international TV spot. Check them out below the jump.

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